Letter: Return Yohalem in New Marlborough
To the editor of THE EAGLE:
For those residents who care for New Marlborough as much as we do, we urge you to vote for Nat Yohalem as Selectman. Nat has served on the Board of Selectmen for the past three years. He has been fully committed, giving the job his full attention, knowledge and experience.
Being Selectman is at times a thankless job but Nat has not allowed challenges to discourage him. Here are just a few of his accomplishments:
n Working with then-Senator Kerry’s office, he was the point person in obtaining a $500,000 grant to replace the Foley Bridge.
n Conducted monthly meetings with department heads which led to more efficient town management.
n Ended interim borrowing and decreased delinquencies by working with the tax collector to implement quarterly tax bills.
n Attended almost every meeting of the town and school finance committees.
n Convened a meeting with school representatives and the town finance committee which resulted in a reduction of almost $160,000 from the proposed school budget.
n Instituted Saturday Selectmen’s meetings to give more town residents an opportunity to be heard.
n Proposed an auction of town-owned foreclosed properties which brought in $75,000 to the town.
Nat has shown that he is an able leader, level-headed, and inclusive. He is dedicated to providing openness and transparency in our town government.
We urge all voters to cast their ballot for Nat Yohalem on Election Day, Monday, May 12, between noon and 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Nat is available to talk about town issues and can be reached at 528-1409.
David Lowman is a former New Marlborough Selectman.